How to Build a Backyard Pond
Time Required: Over 1 day
Building a customized backyard pond isn't as hard as you think. This guide will walk you through the process.
Tip: Make sure to choose an area that gets a minimum of six hours of sunlight per day, especially if you plan to include plants that require moderate to heavy sunlight. Double-check with your local pet store if you plan to add fish to your pond.
- Mark your chosen location with rope and create the shape you want for your pond.
- For a 200-gallon pond, the dimensions should be approximately 3 x 6-feet to a depth of 1 ½ feet.
- Dig out a deeper second tier of your pond with approximate dimensions of 2 x 4-feet to a depth of approximately 6 inches.
- This second tier will create a deeper middle portion for fish and create a shelf for plants and accessories around the edges.
- Clear any debris from the pond hole that could potentially puncture the liner.
- Press the liner into all gaps to ensure a proper fit.
- Leave at least a 10-inch overhang.
- Remove the liner and create the underlayment to provide additional protection for the liner. Two layers of underlayment are recommended.
- Once the underlayment is complete, reinstall the liner and construct a ledge using decorative rocks to sit inside and hide the liner overhang. The ledge should be a few inches deep.
- Trim down the liner edges or hide the liner by folding it under the decorative rocks.
- Landscape the pond by adding plants and mulch to disguise the liner edges.
- Add floating lily pads for a decorative final touch.